Fabricio Coloccini has been out with a back injury since the home win against Southampton in late February, and that’s now over seven weeks and 10 matches.
Fab Coloccini – back in training at Newcastle
And Newcastle have hardly looked good in defense over the last few weeks, conceding seven goals to Manchester City and Sunderland, and we have the third worst goals against record in the Premier League.
And last week Alan had said Fab could be back for the game at West Brom on Saturday, where the Argentine’s calming influence could be needed, but the Newcastle manager has backed off that a little today.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press:
“Looking at Coloccini, I don’t think he’ll be available until we get to Liverpool, but we’ll see,”
The Newcastle manager will be under extreme pressure in the next five games to show he should be the long-term manager of Newcastle, after the fans were simply embarrassed and humiliated by Sunday’s 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland.
And if we just scrape over the line in the relegation stakes, or heaven forbid, are relegated, it will not look good for Alan Pardew, who was given five good players in January to boost the squad, but after a good start we are again back to losing too many games and looking ordinary far too often.
It would be a great time for Coloccini to return to the side on Saturday, and we’d be a little surprised if he does not make the game, and partner Steven Taylor at the back.
Newcastle need something out of the game, and another loss and we could be fighting relegation through the last game of the season – something we certainly didn’t want or expect this season.
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